Chapped Lips

Chapped lips develop when lips become dry and cracked. When moisture in lips decreases, lips become dry. The chapping can cause dark lips and further reduce the moisture retention, resulting in severe and chronic chapped lips.

Chapped lipsChapped Lips Causes

– Environmental factors: Sun or cold and windy conditions dehydrate your skin and lips, causing chapped lips.

– Cosmetics: Cosmetics such as lipsticks and lip gloss can lead to contact dermatitis and lip infections.

– Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions to food, sun’s rays, and weather may also cause chapped lips.

– Some habits: Licking your lips leads to dry lips because saliva evaporates rapidly and digests the membrane that protects lips. Breathing with your mouth open can also removes the protective film of lips.

– Dehydration causes dry skin and lips, leading to chapped lips.

– Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies of vitamin B, iron, and essential fatty acids are common causes of chapped lips.

– Medications: If you’ve recently started taking some medications, suspect them as a potential source of irritation.

Chapped Lips Cure

– Apply a lip balm or petroleum jelly to keep your lips properly moisturized. Choose lip balms that contain cocoa butter, lanolin, or beeswax. Avoid using lip balms that contain phenol and camphor. Phenol is a mild anesthetic and camphor is a cooling substance. These ingredients bring temporary relief but can worsen the irritation.

– If applying a lip balm or petroleum jelly for a week doesn’t work, put on over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone ointment under the lip balm or petroleum jelly. Do it for two weeks.

– Apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen when you go out in the sun. Sun’s rays contribute to chapped lips.

– Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to increase the level of moisture in the tissues.

– Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol as they dehydrate your skin and lips.

– Avoid licking your lips.

– Eat supplements or foods rich in vitamin B, iron, and essential fatty acids. Vitamin B can be found in whole grain products, milk, eggs and cheese. Foods rich in iron are liver, shrimps, sardines, anchovies, and beef. Cold water fish such as salmon and mackerel and fish oil supplements are good sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

– Add humidifier to your home to keep the air in your home humid.

– Moisturize your lips. Mix one teaspoon of salt and one pint of water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and put it over your lips. Leave it for 5 minutes. Then pat dry. Do it once a day for one week.

– Change lipstick if you suspect that the chapped lips are caused by your lipstick. Put a little dab of the lipstick under an adhesive dressing on your inner arm. Leave on your 48 hours. If the area becomes itchy, you are allergic to the lipstick.

– Exfoliate your lips once a week. Wet a soft toothbrush and gently brush your lip in a circular motion. You can also use a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips.

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